'I don't know how to not care': Filmmaker Brad Peyton on Rampage, and why negative reviews still get to him

The Canadian director talks about his latest film Rampage, and shares his thoughts on critics and their negative reviews of Hollywood blockbusters.
(L-R) JASON LILES as George and DWAYNE JOHNSON as Davis Okoye in New Line Cinema's and ASAP Entertainment's action adventure "RAMPAGE," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

Growing up in Gander, N.L., Brad Peyton felt that becoming a Hollywood director was far out of reach, but he never lost sight of his goal. Fast-forward to today, and Peyton is directing massive blockbusters. His films are the kind of big action thrillers that open in the number-one spot at the box office and rake in tens of millions of dollars, like his 2015 disaster film San Andreas, or Rampage, which just opened this past weekend. While his movies are often huge box office successes, Peyton is very aware that blockbusters don't always win over critics.

His latest film, Rampage, is based on the '80s arcade game of the same name. It stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the role of Davis Okoye, a primatologist who must team up with George, a giant albino gorilla, in order to stop two other mutant creatures that smash through a city. Peyton talks to Tom Power about the making of the CGI star of the film, George the gorilla, and shares his thoughts on critics and their negative reviews. 

Produced by Vanessa Nigro


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